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Marie was able to learn all the fundamentals of politics from her family. Marie was an only child for four years but then many brothers and sisters came along. She may have been destined for a convent but her uncle Antony, Duke of Lorraine, while visiting his mother, met Marie when she was about fourteen and decided she should not be shut away.
Marie was remarkably tall and attractive, had auburn hair, a regal manner, confidence, dignity, maturity, and intelligence and was affable to all classes of people. She easily inspired loyalty. She would be an asset to the family by making a brilliant marriage, maybe even to one of the sons of King Francis I of France.
Duke Antony took her to his palace in Nancy for finishing and when she was sixteen, she was presented at court where she lived for the next three years. King Francis liked her and she became friends with his daughters Madeleine and Marguerite. She was admired for her appearance, wit, prudence, high spirits and wisdom.
He had extensive estates in Normandy and the valley of the Loire. The wedding took place on August 4, in the chapel of the royal palace of the Louvre with the King and his family in attendance. The marriage was successful.
They lived at court and Local Sluts Sisters OR the summer they toured around their estates. According to family chronicles, wherever Marie traveled she asked for the names of widows and orphans and elderly people in poverty so she could help them. She visited convents and almshouses, helped children get an education and paid for young girls dowries. Her first son, Francis, was born on October 30, In the winter of Marie was back at court to witness the marriage of her friend the Princess Madeleine to King James V of Scotland.
The celebrations lasted for weeks. By June ofher husband had died, probably of smallpox, leaving her a widow at Her son Louis was born on August 4, but he was to die four months later. King James sent word to King Francis his daughter had died and he was seeking a second wife.
Francis had no intention of sending another daughter to the cold climate of Scotland and suggested the recently widowed Duchess of Longueville as a possible wife, informing Marie of his plans. She was distressed by the news.
Her husband had been dead for two months and she had a young son she would be forced to leave behind to rule his Longueville estates. After being persuaded by her family, in October it was agreed she would marry the Scottish King. Henry was looking for a new wife and heard how attractive and tall the Duchess of Longueville was.
With Marie intervening in the negotiations of her marriage contract herself, she got favorable terms and the agreement was ed in March She sailed for Scotland on June 10 and arrived safely. A marriage ceremony in person took place a few days later at St. Celebrations ensued. She was a formidable person in her own right and had many ideas. She influenced how women dressed by wearing French fashion. Marie was able to charm her mother in law, Margaret Tudor, the dowager Queen of Scotland. She coped with and accepted the fact that James had many mistresses Local Sluts Sisters OR even took care of his illegitimate children.
She administered many restoration and remodeling projects on castles. Linlithgow and Falkland Local Sluts Sisters OR were her personal favorites and she had them remodeled in the French mode. Marie did not become pregnant until Sept and preparations for a coronation began. The crowning took place on February 22, A son was born on May 22 and named James. By March of the following year she was pregnant again. During this time her husband was exhibiting s of paranoia and depression.
Marie had a second son Robert born on April Both parents were distraught. The children were buried in Holyrood Abbey next to Queen Madeleine. By May of the following year, Marie was pregnant again. On November 24,James chose to make a huge attack at Solway Moss before choosing the optimal time and place.
The were disastrous for the Scots. The defeat was a huge blow to the King, humiliating him personally and greatly damaging to his forces.
He went to Linlithgow to see Marie in her confinement and then travelled to Falkland Palace and retired to his bed with a fever. On December 8, Marie gave birth to a daughter, named Mary.
James was to die in the early morning of December 15, possibly of a nervous breakdown. Marie was a widow once again. Both countries wanted to take physical custody of the small princess in an effort to dominate Scottish affairs. James V had no will so the regency of the young princess was to be played out between David Beaton, Cardinal-Archbishop of St. He named Beaton as chancellor, two weeks later imprisoning him. Henry wanted to dominate Scotland and put forth a marriage of his son Edward to the Scottish Queen.
Marie shrewdly agreed to the marriage and the Treaty of Greenwich was negotiated. Arran agreed to share his position as regent and Queen Mary was removed to Stirling Castle.
Marie was to head the council and Mary Queen of Scots was crowned on September 9, Marie had gambled and won. She was now in control of the government and awaited the annulment of the Treaty of Greenwich. The fighting between England and Scotland lasted from December to March of After years of sieges and battles, with power waxing and waning, the English abandoned the fight and a peace treaty was ed.
The six year old Queen left Scotland for France in August of to be raised by her future in-laws.
After the peace with the English, Marie felt secure enough to travel to France to visit her daughter. She mourned the death of her elder son Francis. In December ofMarie returned to Scotland and by May ofher power had increased to the point where she could challenge the Earl of Arran.
She finally achieved the regency in her own name on April 12, and was to remain in power until During her years Local Sluts Sisters OR regent Marie promoted French interests, alienating many Scots and those who were in the pay of the English. Throughout the fighting, Marie would appear before the troops, urging them on and often putting herself in danger. During a round of negotiations to end the conflict in May ofMarie became ill.
She suffered from congestive heart failure and was having symptoms of dropsy. Some of Local Sluts Sisters OR left in tears. The illness became very serious and her mind began to wander. On June 8 she made her will and she finally died on June Her body was taken to France and she was buried in the church at the Convent of Saint-Pierre in Riems.
King Edward I of England had claimed feudal lordship over Scotland beginning in AD and there had been battles ever since.
By the late 14th C. The terms of the agreement specified if Scotland or France was attacked by England, the other country would assault England. Scottish and English forces met at Flodden Field on September 9, and the flower of Scottish nobility died along with their King. Another provision was the marriage of the young King James to a daughter of King Francis, living or yet to be born.